Coronavirus news updates 20th March

Hi everyone, we’re going to attempt an ALL FM daily update re CoronaVirUs and what’s on out there. Firstly, there’s a lot  people out there who want to help and support, so let’s try and stay positive. If you want to tell us about anything going on in your community please email

Let’s quickly cover the symptoms of CoronaVirus, these are:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

If you have these symptoms, however mild, please stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.  You don’t need to tell the NHS you’re staying at home, and you won’t be tested. Get in touch with the NHS if:

  • you don’t feel better after 7 days
  • your symptoms are getting worse
  • you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home.

You should do this by calling the NHS on phone number 111. Don’t go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The Government has advised us that we should try and avoid contact with other people in confined or social spaces such as cafes, pubs, cinemas and theatres. These measures are called social distancing. In practical terms, for many this means trying to remain at home if possible. There are some people who need to pay particular attention to this advice to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. These include:

  1. People aged over 70
  2. People aged under 70 with underlying health conditions, such as;
  • Long-term respiratory disease, e.g. asthma, COPD and emphysema
  • Heart, liver and kidney disease
  • Diabetes

If you’re online, go to for more info.

You’re still able to go outside to exercise, or to get fresh air and it’s OK to go to the shops for essentials as long as you do not have any symptoms. Go to local shops if you can. Firstly they’re more likely to have the essentials. Secondly we need to support our local businesses, now more than ever.

You need to avoid coming into close contact with other people, and avoid gatherings with friends and family where possible.
One of the best ways of killing the virus and stopping its spread is by making sure you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly  with soap and hot water, or hand sanitiser if you have it

You should wash your hands:

  • For at least 20 seconds
  • When you get home after going out
  • Before eating or handling food
  • After sneezing or blowing your nose.

Local organization that need our support right now, include:

Ardwick and Longsight Foodbank need donations; food and money. As you can imagine foodbanks are having issues right now. So if you can help pls email
or call 0161 273 3977, that 0161 273 3977


FareShare needs volunteers to help manage food redistribution to the more vulnerable . They’ll provide training and expenses.

If you are COVID-19 free ,not in a vulnerable group nor supporting someone who is, please call 0161 223 8200 option 6 or go to


AgeUK Manchester are setting up donation and distribution hubs in Openshaw, Wythenshawe and Gorton to provide local older people with daily essentials.

They are particularly in need of:

  • Paper products, e.g. toilet roll, kitchen roll, tissues
  • Cleaning products
  • Toiletries
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Things to pass the time when in isolation, e.g. books, crossword books, jigsaws etc.

Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm at:

Gorton Day Centre, Melland Centre, Mount Road, Gorton. M18 7QR

Crossacres Care Home, Reel Hall Road, Wythenshawe, M22 5DG

Openshaw Resource Centre, 10 Catherine Street, Openshaw. M11 1WF.

For more info; please email


We’re going to try keep this daily bulletin going, so tell us what’s going on in your area, big and small. Email


Let’s stay calm and support each other.




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